John Mehaffey 1924 – 2017
John Mehaffey was a valued member of Tauranga Lawn Tennis Club and Tennis Seniors Western Bay of Plenty for many years.
John was a true all-round sportsman. He won the British Junior Doubles title in 1945 and in 1950 was ranked number one in his state of South Australia. He played tennis against such players as Frank Sedgman in the Australian open tournaments. Later John won four Australian Seniors titles.
John was ranked 1st in South Australia and 3rd in Australia in table tennis and won many State and National titles. He played competitive golf, A grade squash/ badminton and AFL for Club and State.
John worked for the ABC for thirty-two years, both radio and television, covering nine different sports.
John established the South Australian Seniors club and was president for thirteen years. He came to New Zealand with his wife Laurel, joined Tauranga Lawn and what is now known as Tennis Seniors WBOP and was president for six years. He won six national seniors doubles titles and six mixed doubles titles, many with Laurel who continues to be a loyal member of Tauranga Lawn. He won a doubles title at our club and represented New Zealand in Australasian and the ITFV’s world championships.
In 1981 John attended a tennis officials course in Hong Kong and became an international tennis referee.
John Mehaffey is fondly remembered by many, both in Australia and New Zealand and is sadly missed.